The Cuckoo's Calling

The Cuckoo's Calling

Audiobook CD - 2013
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"After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man" -- from publisher's web site.
Publisher: New York : Hachette Audio, p2013.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9781478980827
Characteristics: 13 sound discs (16 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Glenister, Robert


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Jan 07, 2020

Why has the OPL allowed me to put a hold on the large-print edition of this book when it no longer appears to have a copy of it?

Dec 04, 2019

another name for JK Rowling. didn't like this book much

knitsewrainbow Oct 14, 2019

The honest truth is I probably stuck with this longer than I otherwise would have because I knew it was a J.K. Rowling book. The mystery just moved too slowly and the most interesting parts are the main character interactions. BUT they get better....I have now read all 4 books in the series and can attest that it is worth muddling through this first book.

Aug 03, 2019

Lots of twists and unexpected surprises. Wished it had gone on forever. Just like I wished Harry Potter would never end.

Jul 11, 2019

Some readers complain about the pacing of the book; however, it works for me. This is the first in a series and the backgrounds to Strike and Robin make their characters more interesting and I invested more as a reader in their development. Rowling has a style that I can't quite put my finger on nor explain well, but it works well with my grey matter. Will read the following adventures.

Jul 04, 2019

I am quite tardy to the proverbial party, so I knew going in that Robert Galbraith is JK Rowling's pen name. For those who are wondering... Yes, JK Rowling can write something other than HP and do it well.

I only recently realized how much I enjoyed crime/mystery novels, so I don't have a tremendous number of books to compare this one to. Having said that, I enjoyed it immensely. I found it really hard to put down, plowing through it in just two days. Very happy that there are three additional books in the series (thus far).

Jun 13, 2019

Rowling needs to stick with what she does best. The story is plodding and the characters wooden, Harry Potter would hate this muggles tale and would be amazed at how his creator has regressed. She is the richest lady in England, don't screw it up.

May 09, 2019

Mystery recommended by Ann. Written by JK Rowling. First in a series of 4.

ArapahoeHannah Apr 09, 2019

A great first novel in a series with relatable characters and original detective work.

Feb 16, 2019

Very slow moving, but good

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Nov 28, 2014

jkeaton thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

Aug 29, 2013

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Jul 16, 2013

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Aug 29, 2013

“Humans often assumed symmetry and equality where none existed.”

JCLHunterSt Aug 01, 2013

How could the death of someone you had never met affect you so?


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DanniOcean Aug 12, 2013

Unless you have been taking an extended tech and media vacation this summer, you will have heard that J.K. Rowling – author of the über-successful Harry Potter series - was outed as the true name behind Cuckoo’s Calling, using pseudonym Robert Galbraith. As any high-powered author would do, she sued the law firm that leaked her identity for a six-figure sum and then donated it, plus proceeds from the sale of the novel for the next three years, to The Soldier’s Charity, an organization that supports veterans and their families in Great Britain. She did this as a thank-you for those in the military who helped her with her research, leading her to create one of the most hard-boiled detectives to hit pages since Sam Spade, Cormoran Strike (how could he not be hard-boiled with a name like that?). A wounded veteran with an infamous set of rock parents, Strike grew up with his half-sister in care of his aunt and uncle. He joined the military as an investigator, went to Afghanistan and came back missing part of a leg (but is far too proud to admit it to those who don’t know him), and opens a detective agency. Unfortunately he has some hard luck with women and alcohol, until he literally runs into (and nearly knocks to her death) fresh-faced, and newly engaged Robin Ellacott, recently arrived in London from Yorkshire, who is assigned as his new temporary office worker. Robin, secretly thrilled to be working for a PI, by far the most efficient tem Strike has ever been assigned, and she proves herself both resourceful and intrepid as Strike gets his first big case – a model falls to her death and three months later her brother shows up, asking Strike to prove it was murder and not suicide. Strike is no hack – he is thoughtful, driven and methodical – much like his creator, Rowling. She slowly unveils the threads of the mystery with great care, precision, a host of fully-formed characters, more than a few red herrings and loads of wit. In fact, it is a far better book than Rowling’s last non-Potter novel, Casual Vacancy, and leaves the reader wanting to know more about Cormoran Strike. Let us hope that being outed as Robert Galbraith does not keep JK Rowling from creating further mysteries for him to solve. Cuckoo’s Calling is a first rate mystery, no matter who the author really is.


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